Carkeek 12 Hour
Saturday, October 27, 2012
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Don’t say we didn’t warn you.  This is the hardest 12 hour race out there.  Period.  Not only that, but the Carkeek 12 Hour gets SCARIER every year.  Be afraid.  Be very afraid.  

If you feel you’re up to the challenge and wish to take on this daunting endeavor, please read on below to learn all the nitty gritty detail of what to expect and how to proceed with this most ill-advised journey on which you are about to embark.

Thank you to Blue Steel Sports, Seattle Biscuit Company, Nuun, and tmber, for great products and all the wonderful help and support of this crazy race!

-Sam and Brock (misery organizers extraordinaire)

Welcome to the Carkeek 12 Hour!

Above are the overall winners from the Carkeek 12 Hour in ‘07 and ‘08 - Van Phan and Brock Gavery. Current course record holders are Allison Moore (54.04 miles in ‘09) and Adam Hewey (64.77 miles in ’11).

Frequently Asked Questions

First off, count me in- How do I register??!?

   The 2011 race will be very scary. Registration info is posted above.  In an effort to further support the community efforts of this race, we require 8 hours of volunteer service for entry.  Unlike other races, these hours don’t have to be trail work; in fact, we encourage them to be something else, perhaps something you wouldn’t normally be doing anyway.  You can check out cool local volunteer opportunities here;

            Seattle Volunteer Opportunities

    If you don’t have time or have some other reason for not wanting to do the 8 hours, not to worry.  We have included a Lazy Entry option as well.  You will get to benefit the community with extra dollars, and not extra time.

Wait just a minute.  It seems to me this race occurs a few days before Halloween.  Will there be a costume contest?

    You better believe there’s a costume contest!  We’ll award most excellent prizes for costumes post race as well- the only stipulation is that you’ve got to wear your costume for at least one full loop.  Yeah, it’s the hardest 12 hour race out there, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun.

A 12 Hour Race?  What does that even mean?

    In a 12 hour format race, you basically run as far as you can/desire on a loop course within the 12 hour timeframe.  Whoever runs the farthest wins, simple as that.

How long is the loop?

    The loop has been officially measured multiple times and official race distance is 1.93 miles/loop.  Also, for the 2011 race, we added a second shorter loop (.54 miles) available as an option only for the last hour of the race.

Is this a Boston qualifier?

    Boston?  Are you serious?  The answer is no.  Perhaps this race qualifies you for the insane asylum, but that’s about it.

What’s the elevation gain/loss?

    Elevation gain/loss per loop is approximately 430 ft.  Like we said, the hardest 12 hour out there.  Period.

Can I just do 6 hours?

    Absolutely.  In fact, you can do any timeframe/distance you’d like, but the only official race is the 12 hour, so you’ll just have to sign up for that, and who knows- once you get out there and are having so much fun, you might just stick around for the full 12!

I desperately need more race t-shirts- what is your race shirt like?

    Sorry, no race t-shirts at the Carkeek 12 hour.  If you’d like to bring your own t-shirt, we’d be happy to write a message on it with permanent marker to commemorate this special day.

This sounds lame- is there even aid at this race?

    You better believe it!  We will have a thoroughly stocked aid station with all the usual ultrarunning fare.  This tent will be centrally located right on the loop overlooking the beautiful Puget Sound.  We’ll keep a fire stoked in the fire pit all day long to keep you warm and toasty.  There will of course be plenty of Halloween candy to fuel your own fire too.

What goodies do I get?

    We’ll have delicious coffee fresh brewed and ready for you all day long.  We have the pleasure of having the Seattle Biscuit Company’s food truck on race site this year as well to thoroughly fuel runners.  We’ll also have the various energy, electrolyte, etc. drinks at your disposal all day.  These are in addition to all the normal runner fare.  Not only that, but you may have noticed this race takes place on Halloween- so bring along your favorite Halloween candy if you’d like, and we’ll put it to good use!

What about trophies?  Do we get trophies?

    Sorry, no trophies here.  But we will have some incredible prizes for the winners and other great prizes for yet to be determined honors (costume contest for one) thanks to our sponsors!  We’ll also have our coveted custom handmade finisher’s awards of course.

Can I bring my dogs?  What about my kids?

    Sure, bring them along- just be sure they’re all on a leash and you’re prepared to scoop any droppings that might occur.  Hey it’s Halloween and who doesn’t love sharing in a little loopy fun in the park on such a special day.  We’ll have water bowls out for the canines and insanely sugary candy for the kids.

Where is Carkeek Park?

    It’s located in the northern part of Seattle, WA right on the Puget Sound.  The address is 950 NW Carkeek Park Rd and directions are here.

This sounds awesome, but how can I be sure Sam and Brock aren’t using this race to fund their golden parachutes for retirement?

    Excellent question and good news- all the proceeds from this race (hopefully lots and lots of $$$) are going to be split evenly between these four most excellent nonprofits- the Washington Trails Association, Agros International, The Seattle Public Library Foundation, and the Seattle Humane Society (Lucy and Gus (pictured at the top of the page) voted for this one).  Of course, feel free to visit these sites independently and volunteer, give directly, and learn more about what they’re doing to make our world an even better place!

I still have more questions/I want to volunteer- what do I do?!?!?!

    Feel free to send an email to sam(at)seesamrun(dot)com and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.  Thanks!

Benefitting these great organizations!

Big thanks to our sponsors!

2012 registration is live!  Welcome to the 2000‘s- no more paper registration!  Train hard and get ready for a wild ride.